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Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Ed.S

(completed by summer of second year)

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree emphasizes the development of Effective Facilitators of Learning, a goal that demands collaborative decision-making in diverse settings. As you work on your degree, you immerse yourself in a cohort program based on:

  • Clinical practice
  • Problem-solving
  • Promoting institutional effectiveness in schools, school districts and educational service agencies

As a cohort, you’ll engage in research and participate in class discussions with fellow future leaders. You support each other and develop professional relationships. We’ve chosen this cohort approach because it reflects the real world.

What Is Required? 

You can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses. Courses such as Data-Driven Leadership and Principals in the 21st Century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent. Knowledge and skills gained are compiled in a professional portfolio and validated through a presentation to a graduate education faculty committee.

After earning the Ed.S. degree, you can earn the Ed.D. degree by completing nine additional hours and a doctoral dissertation project for 12 hours of credit. You must earn a passing score on the leadership portfolio presentation before beginning the dissertation project.

Ed.D

(third year and dissertation year)

Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for current school administrators who want to become a school superintendent or central office administrator.  The program provides opportunities for candidates to gain content knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills, and dispositions specified by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council and the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents.  

What Is Required?

You can earn an Ed.S in Educational Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses.  Courses such as Data-Driven Leadership and Principals in the 21st Century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent.  Knowledge and skills gained are compiled in a professional portfolio and validated through a presentation to a graduate education faculty committee.

Students interested in a continued pursuit of the Doctor of Education program will complete 9 hours in research methods, quantitative analysis, and writing for publication plus 12 hours in the dissertation project.

Courses

  • EL 7010 – Information Management Systems
  • EL 7032 – Communications and Community Relations
  • EL 7061 – Systematic Inquiry and Decision Analysis
  • EL 7067 – Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EL 7095 – Diversity and Global Development
  • EL 7109 – Managing Human and Fiscal Resources
  • EL 7127 – Education Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • EL 7134 – Educational Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • EL 7151 – Principals in the 21st Century
  • EL 7156 – Comprehensive Planning and Program Evaluation
  • EL 7189 – Organizational Development and Change
  • EL 7211 – Data Driven Leadership
  • EL 7234 – Economics and Education
  • EL 7512 – Superintendents and Executive Leadership
  • EL 7311 – Measurement Techniques in Education
  • EL 7423 – Research Design and Data Analysis
  • EL 7433 – Seminar in Professional Research and Publication
  • EL 7950 – Doctoral Capstone Project (12 hours) - I, II, and III

Total: 63 Semester Hours

I am glad I decided to pursue my doctorate at Wingate University because I knew that if I continued with the doctoral program after the Master's degree that I would be able to be prepared for any educational leadership position out there. It was a great experience to collaborate with people in the field and with great professors who are from the local community and districts. They provided a lot of great support and insight both in front of and behind the scenes in leadership. The program was both practical and real.Josh Swartzlander, Principal at Queens Grant High School, Class of 2020

Questions?

 

Dr. Charlesa Hann
(704) 233-6035
c.hann@wingate.edu